Rebate scams try to convince you that you are entitled to a rebate or reimbursement from the government, a bank or a trusted organisation.
They often impersonate well known organisations in an attempt to access your information and bank details. They sometimes request you complete steps to be able to receive a payment into your account.
Be cautious regarding any communications received from trusted or well known payment organisations such as, PayPal, Eftpos, MasterCard, Visa, BPAY etc.
If you receive any communications about a rebate, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you give out your bank account or credit card details. If an unexpected payment or repayment appears out of the blue, protect yourself by assuming it is not true.
If you are phoned about a payment, one measure of validation you can use to protect yourself is to request a number from whoever is calling you, to be able to call them back. Most reputable companies will not give out direct lines. Do not ring the number back directly.
This method is to give you time to really think about it and determine whether it is legitimate by conducting diligent validation checks with the real organisation. Do not click on any links received. Google the organisation instead and compare published contact details.
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